Jan 22, 2013 9:00am EST
the debt ceiling. [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit. >>> good morning from l.a. one of the biggest events that investors have to look forward to over the next year is the prospect that hilton could be returned to the u.s. stock market. now, remember, blackstone took it private at the height of the market. $26 billion, a whopping $26 billion in 2007. the question that investors and the rest of the industry want to know is, in that private environment, what has private equity done with hilton. for the first time we'll start pricing apart hilton for the sake of investors and the rest of the industry. joining me here is the president for development at hilton. welcome to the program. >> good morning, simon. >> what have you done in particular, what has the international expansion been for hilton whilst under blackstone? >> in the last five years we're focused on growth. we've added in the last four or five years, where we've had these terrible economic conditions, we've added 1,000 hotels.